Despite Knowledge of Taxotere’s Damaging Effects, Sanofi-Aventis did not Warn Doctors and Patients Until 2015

Sep 18, 2016 by

During the latter part of the 1990s, study called GEICAM 9805 was sponsored by Sanofi (Sanofi-Aventis is the manufacturer of the chemotherapy drug Taxotere, with generic name Docetaxel). In 2005, results of the study revealed to Sanofi that 9.2 percent of women who used Taxotere suffered permanent alopecia or permanent hair loss).

In 2006, another study revealed that Taxotere use could cause women to suffer permanent alopecia (this study was conducted by Medical Oncologist and Internist Dr. Scot Sedlacek of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers).

Taxotere was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 for breast cancer treatment. In succeeding years, it also gained approval to treat a variety of cancers including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Compared to Paclitaxel, another chemotherapy drug that is in the same class as Taxotere (both drugs belong to the class plant alkaloids) the latter gained more preference since its required treatment was once every three weeks as against the weekly treatment required by Paclitaxel (Paclitaxel, though, was said to be just as effective as Taxotere). Paclitaxel, however, did not cause permanent alopecia, the damaging side-effect associated with Taxotere. Permanent alopecia was not the only complaint against Taxotere, though. Some breast cancer patients actually complained of alopecia universalis or total hair loss on the scalp and body; this means total loss of hair on the eyebrows, eyelashes, under arms and around the genital area.

Women affected by the damaging effects caused by Taxotere have now pending lawsuits where they accused Sanofi-Aventis of:

  • Having manufactured and marketed a dangerous drug;
  • Selling Taxotere without testing it properly and exhaustively and without disclosing its damaging risks;
  • Failing to properly warn patients and health care providers about Taxotere’s damaging effects;
  • Concealing information (of Taxotere’s damaging effects) from the public; and,
  • Downplaying the dangers associated with Taxotere.

The law firm Williams Kherkher says that Sanofi-Aventis knew about the side-effect of Taxotere as early as 2005; this is how it was able to warn patients outside of the U.S. about this side effect. Patients in the U.S. were warned of the dangers of using Taxotere only in December of 2015, though, after the (FDA) mandated it to do so.

Every year, 183,000 to 300,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. Tens of thousands have already been treated with Taxotere in the past. Continuous use of this damaging drug can only result to more ruined lives.

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The Impact of DUI/DWI on Car Insurance

May 26, 2016 by

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a major offense in most states. Getting on the wheel of a car after drinking can result to serious consequences such as injury or death to an individual. Moreover, a DUI/DWI conviction can result to the suspension of your driver’s license. If you have a car insurance, chances are your premium rates could suddenly shoot up.

Getting stopped by law enforcers for DUI can have a huge impact on your car insurance. To start off, it could lead to the suspension of your license. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A., if your license has been suspended, you would have to buy SR-22 insurance. It is a certificate that is issued to you to prove that you have car insurance. The SR-22 is a requirement by the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) for reinstatement of your driver’s license.

DUI can also significantly change your car insurance policy. Your provider will likely classify you as a high risk driver and if this happens your rates could increase by 30 – 100 percent. A worst scenario could be your carrier having to cancel your insurance or charge you with high monthly premiums. While they cannot cancel your policy right away, they can do so upon expiration.

Depending on the state where you reside, you can also expect to pay more for a minimum of three years. The length of the DUI staying on your driving record will depend on the state where you live but on the average it could be as long as five years. In some states, it could be as long as 20 years so keep yourself informed about how long the DUI offense will remain on file.

When your car insurance is denied as a result of the DUI offense, you may have to find a new car insurance provider.

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Defining Reckless Driving

Nov 27, 2015 by

Car accidents are frequent events that influence numerous people every year. Negligent driving is among the very frequent factors that the injury occurs. A lot more threatening than negligence when using a vehicle is reckless driving. This is defined as willfully and wantonly disregarding traffic regulations and placing additional individuals and home in direct danger of injury.

Reckless driving is exceeded by the action of harmful driving even though the motive is not an element of rash driving. For instance, driving or accelerating while under the effect of alcohol or substances constitutes irresponsible driving. On the other hand, these charges are not joint than rash driving as they cannot explicitly establish extremely hazardous driving behavior.

Instances, when these charges would secure each other, would comprise when speed exceeds over 30 miles per hour within the speed limit that is specified or when the motorist to carelessly control an automobile is caused by the devastating results of alcohol and substances. Other driving choices that will produce a dangerous driving charge might comprise dangerously passing another vehicle with bad presence, eluding an official, and rushing a car in a manner that is prohibited.

Reckless driving is usually a misdemeanor, leading to penalties and possible jail time. Nevertheless, reckless driving’s legal complications are far less severe than the possible harms or fatalities resulting from an accident. Based on the Hankey Law Office, P.C. site, rash driving may cause significant mental and physical damage to drivers of autos and bikes as well as people.

In case you or a beloved one was in an injury because of some other individual’s rash and hazardous driving, consult with your personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal choices. You could be entitled to monetary compensation for vehicle repairs, your medical debts, and mental misery.

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Injured at an Amusement Park, Can I Do Something About It?

Aug 24, 2015 by

Everything always comes with a risk and, going into an amusement park, there is a certain element of risk that is always going to be there, isn’t it? After all, you don’t go there just to have a lie down and look at things – you go there for the experience, for the thrill, for the heart-stopping adrenaline that the rides and attractions have to offer!

The risk that amusement parks have should have been thought of on your behalf by the park’s management and administration. If anything were to have been neglected or poorly judged then the fault is on them – not on you and you should not have to pay for the mistakes of another party.

According to the website of the Williams Kherkher personal injury lawyers, a lot of accidents and situations of this nature fit into the category of personal injury. Some of the more common reasons for accidents within amusement parks include faults in the design, operator, or management – and these are all mistakes that are due to another party. By definition, personal injury is the legal terminology used to describe any injury caused to any person due to negligence of another party, intentional or not.

Injuries of this nature don’t mean just the little things like a bruise on your arm or something, no. The smallest bit of negligence could mean horribly debilitating injuries like broken bones, traumatic spine or brain injury, or even severe burns in the event of a fire or explosion (which can happen in places like this as some thrills can be fire hazards if improperly maintained or manned). The only things you should worry about in places like this are the queues that it takes to get to the next ride, not these potentially disabling or even lethal situations.

If this ever does happen to you, however – know that there is legal action that you can seek, with the proper aid, in order to achieve justice for the wrong that has been done onto you.

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It is a Means, Not an End

Apr 19, 2015 by

Personal injury lawsuits are quite common in the US. In many cases involving accidents and injuries, news of civil suits filed against the negligent party or parties follows not long after. It is easy to sit in judgment when you are not directly affected. You may even give a knowing grin, thinking that it is a good way to get easy money. The fact is, nothing is easy about being seriously injured because someone acted irresponsibly or carelessly. When people decide to sue for personal injury, in most cases it is because they have no choice.

Victims of negligent accidents have to deal with high medical bills. One of the requirements for a personal injury case is that the injury is serious. Aside from immediate medical treatment, the victim may also suffer from temporary or permanent partial or total disability. This will also have a cost to the victim. Even if full recovery is possible, the victim cannot generate income. The financial problems just mount up. Most often, the only recourse is to sue. However, it is no walk in the park.

A personal injury lawsuit is a long and tedious process. Even if Louisville KY personal injury lawyers take on cases on a contingent fee basis, it can still make great inroads on the plaintiff’s time and attention. It can take years for a case to be resolved.

In many cases, the plaintiff faces false accusations or baseless allegations in an attempt to bring their credibility into question and weaken the case. This can put more emotional and psychological burden on the victim. A skillful personal injury lawyer can shield the plaintiff from many of these tactics.

There is no good reason for a plaintiff to file a civil lawsuit that has no merit, and most personal injury lawyers will not take on frivolous cases because it is a waste of their time and a blight on their profession. When a case gains enough traction to make it to court, it is a good indication that there are solid legal grounds for it.

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Avoid a Cluttered Home

Feb 5, 2015 by

Few things create a worse feeling of dissatisfaction than finishing a long day of moving only to find out that what you have decided to bring with you does not fit in your new home. Fortunately, with detailed planning before the move you can avoid this situation.

If you are downsizing, be prepared to do some serious cleaning up. Unless your soon to be former home had a lot of free space, you most likely will have to pick and choose what you keep.

First, you must measure the dimensions of your new home as well as your larger pieces of furniture. Just “eyeballing it” is not good enough. Precision is key when doing this, so make sure you are not cutting corners (literally).

After acquiring measurements, figure out what can fit where. Do not forget to take walking paths into account. A crowded home is not a comfortable home, so think about how much room you need to breathe, and work at using the space you have wisely. Be honest with yourself about this. This will be your space to live in. A lot of people tend to say that they can handle certain living conditions beforehand, but once they are in the situation they realize they underestimated its difficulty.

Once you have sorted out what you can fit in your new home, you must decide what to do with the possessions that did not make the cut. If they do not have sentimental value or you do not see yourself needing them again, selling your excess items is an easy way to make some extra cash. However, Ben White Mini Storage says on its website that if you need a little extra space for the items you cannot part with, a storage unit is an affordable option. Get a unit close to your home, that way you can check on your storage space frequently.

The ideal move is practically seamless. Although life can sometimes hinder you from achieving a painless move, the more strategic you are about your move the better it will go.

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Xarelto Target Population is more at Risk

Sep 4, 2014 by

More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) with a projected doubling to 10 million by 2050. However, this does not include people who are not aware that they have A-fib. Many A-fib positives experience no symptoms at all, and only find out in the course of a physical examination. It is a chilling thought, because it is akin to having a ticking time-bomb in the heart, just waiting to get out and wreak havoc, and not even knowing about it.

A-fib is a medical condition where the two upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, beats out of sync with the two lower chambers, called the ventricles. Because the pumping is not coordinated, blood flow is poor and blood pools in the heart chambers. The pooled blood can lead to clot formation, and this clot can be expelled from the heart and lodge in the blood stream, blocking off blood flow to the brain or the lungs, for example.

A-fib typically develops with age, although there are instances where children are born with the condition. In general, A-fib patients are over 60 with co-morbid conditions such as compromised renal or liver functions. This can be a problem because the latest drug proposed to prevent blood clots in A-fib patients is Xarelto (rivaroxaban), the use of which can lead to complications for older subjects with compromised health.

This may be the central problem for drugs such as Xarelto. It is designed to address medical conditions that commonly occur in older patients, and yet the risk of injury is greater for this population. Clinical studies in younger, healthier patients are bound to yield misleading results, which in turn can lead to preventable injuries and deaths. As stated in an article on the website of lawyers Williams Kherkher, some of the side effects of Xarelto are just too dangerous. This is the main contention of the first Xarelto lawsuit, relying on a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court expanding the strict liability rules of drug companies to include drugs where the risk of harm is too high to be justifiable.

If you have been seriously harmed from using Xarelto, you may be able to bring the drug companies responsible for making and manufacturing the drug to book. Consult with a Xarelto lawyer as soon as possible to get compensation for the preventable injury you were forced to endure.

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Personal Injury Claims and Lawsuits

Apr 29, 2014 by

Personal injury claims are a constant type of litigation inside the United States courts. Humans are imperfect after all, therefore negligence and recklessness often result to personal injury and lawsuits that are ever piling up on court dockets. There different types of personal injury claims, some not as heavy as the others. Among the most common are car accidents and work-related injuries, but among the more serious types is assault and battery.

Compared to accident-caused personal injuries, assault and battery are lawsuits that are intentional. Intentional tort claims are made in order for the victim to seek compensation for the injuries along with other damages the resulted from the attack and it is only processed in a civil court. Because assault and battery are considered a criminal act that can also be filed in a criminal court for punitive damages, it would be best to consult a lawyer before going to court with this type of personal injury claim.

Going to court for a personal injury claim is a difficult and complicated decision. On it’s website, a Wyoming personal injury law firm says that while going to court can result in more money for the victim, it is also incredibly costly. Many personal injury cases are settled outside of court, saving much time and money. However, this requires both sides to agree to the terms of the settlement, which by design will be less favorable to the injured party. This is because the party responsible for the injury is more likely to benefit from not having to go to court.

When a person has been a victim of assault or battery, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. advises that the first thing to do when a person is injured is to seek immediate medical help. This would aid in faster recovery time and lesser complications. Seeking immediate medical assistance would also help in documenting the incident, and the medical records and receipts will be used as evidence of the incident and as basis for the compensation that will be awarded. It is after getting medical treatment that legal assistance should be considered. Consulting a legal advisor could assist in understanding your rights and how you can protect them, along with computing the total compensation for all the damages done by the attack.

It is very important to talk with a lawyer regarding assault and battery cases because civil cases such as these have a wide spectrum of severity. There are cases that are not always worth the trouble, while there are those that even call for criminal charges to be pursued. Although definitions of assault and battery differ from state to state, anything that pertains to physical acts of violence done by one person to another can be defined as assault and battery. This intentional tort can be put in both civil and criminal courts punishable by fines, jail time, or even both.

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Perjury

Jan 25, 2014 by

Convictions carry heavy weight, therefore committing perjury is considered a federal crime. Perjury is an offence against the law where the person deliberately gives false or untrue statements while under oath and at the time of a judicial hearing. Giving false testimony can have serious effects on the outcome of a trial, therefore in the United States it is treated as a serious felony offence. A person caught and proven to have committed perjury can be given up to five years of prison sentence, a hefty fine, or both.

There are basic sets of factors that the state should prove in order to justify that a person has committed perjury. First, while under oath, the person has given a false statement. Second, that the falsified statement should be relevant to the trail. And third, the person should have a specific motive or intent to give the false statement. If a judge has determined that a defendant (who is later convicted) has given a false testimony, the judge has the right to enforce sentencing enhancements. This means the defendant’s sentence can be increased.

Even while not under oath, a person can still be charged with perjury, specifically if they signed and submit documents that are “under penalty of perjury”. Income tax returns, loan applications, and even applying for driver’s license can put a person in danger of perjury if they give false information.

Many people undermine the consequences of committing perjury, even while at court hearings. In the same regard, subornation of perjury (where another person is forced to give a false statement by another person) is also a separate crime and is also punishable by law. Another variation, the false swearing, is also a felony. False swearing happens when a false statement is given while under oath, but it was given while not being in an official hearing. Both of them are punishable by fines, jail time, or possibly both.

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Fighting Workplace Violence

Jan 17, 2014 by

Work-related injuries are one of the most common forms of personal injuries that are flooding the U.S. courts today. Many forms of work-related injuries can happen to an employee, and these injuries can be taken to civil court as a personal injury claim. There are other personal injury claims, however, that can be taken to criminal courts, and these types of injuries are of the intentional tort types.

Any injuries that were done intentionally can be grounds for a criminal case. Among such instances are assault and battery charges that resulted to injuries of the worker. These two charges often go together, but they are separate legal claims that a worker can use. Assault is the danger of imminent physical harm, where a worker is unlawfully threatened or was attempted with physical harm by another person. Battery, on the other hand, refers to the actual physical contact after the threat was made. It is the physical manifestation of the threat that was given to the worker, which resulted to harmful and/or offensive injuries or contact.

Employers have the responsibility to ensure that such workplace violence is prevented, otherwise they can also be held liable to an extent. In order to understand the legal aspects of these risks and issues, law firms such as Hach & Rose, LLP can assist in explaining your rights and freedoms in the workplace. Injury resulting from assault and battery in the workplace can be covered by workers’ compensation. A worker can file a personal injury claim regarding assault and battery against their employer if they have subsequent proof of the employer’s negligence or involvement in intentional misconduct. Better to ask a lawyer regarding these concerns since there are certain differences in each state law.

Workplace violence that resulted to or can result in injuries need to be addressed. Any acts that can be disruptive in the workplace, which could eventually lead to accidents or injuries, should be reported and attended to to prevent any form or workplace violence and protect the rights of both the employer and employee.

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